Posted by DrFragnasty | Feb 14, 2006 @ 07:16 AM | 10,313 Views
Renovating house. Sparky arrived this am. to do the electricals on my workshop.

The workshop is a cross between a Northrop Research Lab and my lounge. It's gonna be wicked!

I have a pivotelli to go in, a vac pump system, LCD monitor fed from digital set-top box & internet access. Have to get an engineer in to sign-off on the post removal/ beam reinforcement (there's a rotten support in the middle of the workshop that's going)

And not much flying ;0( The weather hasn't cooperated...this summer in Tassie has been north-north east! It's unflyable.

Thinking seriously of fitting an Escape for electrickery. brushless, LiPos etc.

And I'm spent.



Posted by maherrpca | Feb 14, 2006 @ 03:28 AM | 4,381 Views
Blog this!
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 11:11 PM | 7,375 Views
Where I live there's snow and ice on the runway from December until April. So skiis are nice. My skill level was gradually improving, so I took a hand saw and sawed the wing in half at the dihedral joint. Then I epoxied it back together with no dihedral. Presto! Instant intermediate trainer. And by now the Webra was well broken in. I did lots of flying with the machine in this configuration. One consequence of flying in cold temperatures is that the PVC becomes brittle in the cold. Once I had to replace the fuselage PVC when I stalled and nosed in. In warmer weather, the PVC would simply have flexed and maybe cracked a bit, but in that cold it shattered around the weak spot where the big hole was cut out to access the radio compartment. But a new fuselage was only a couple hours work. This airplane was decommissioned during an experiment wherein I learned that the use of flaperons made the elevator less effective. I mean "less effective" in the sense that I couldn't pull the nose up before it flew into the gound. The motor and the radio equipment were undamaged, and the wing survived with only a few bumps and scratches. But before this I was noticing that the trim of the airplane was changing if I did a loop or a high-G turn, which meant that the wing was shifting around under the rubber bands. So I decided to build something else rather than rebuild this one. Some new that could fly a little more slowly, so I could keep up with it.
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 10:48 PM | 8,931 Views
At first I was interested in sticking with electrics, but I really liked that smell of burned castor oil when the guys were flying their gas airplanes. I guess that smell reminded me of what it felt like to be 15 years old, but I digress... So someone suggested I look at the website and build a trainer. Heck, I had 4 nitro engines moth-balled in the basement for years, and that's in addition to the cox 049 and 020 engines I had. So I went to the home improvement super-store and bought coroplast and PVC gutter pipe, then built the wing from the BigUglyHell on Rails and the fuselage from the Debonaire. I went to my favorite hobby shop and bought a Futaba flight pack with an R127DF receiver and four 3004 servos. I earned my wings on it with my old Fox 40 motor which I owned from about 1978 or so. This was the first airplane that motor flew in. Later I sold the Fox40 and mounted my old Webra 61 blackhead in it. That's what you see in the picture. I owned that motor for almost 24 years, and the first time I ever ran it was November of 2004. I flew the SPAD with this motor for a few months. Ah yes, I did like the sound of that webra.
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 10:30 PM | 6,490 Views
I've had a lot of fun with this odd-looking little machine. Of all the airplanes I've had, this is the one with the longest chronological life. I first flew it in September of 2004 with the stock 2Amp brushed motor, a 2Amp ESC and the nicad battery pack that came with the GWS flight pack. I used the GWS 4channel pico receiver and 2 GWS naro servos. I had a terrible time at first because I could only get it to turn right but never left, presumably because of all the torque from that 1047 propeller. Finally I glued some carbon fibre rod to the trailing edges of the wings to hold them straight and then I used packing tape to attach a pair of ailerons. Using a chopped-up popsicle stick, I mounted the aileron servo between the wings behind the receiver. I also up-graded to using eflite 350mAh NiMH batteries. Presto! Now I could fly a figure-8 pattern (horizontal only of course) quite easily. I've been flying this airplane indoors and outdoors for more than a year. For me that's a long time. Well actually, I've wrecked and rebuilt it three times. Most recently, I was rear-ended by a much faster airplane and flopped to the ground minus tail feathers. Easily repaired using a little glue, packing tape and chopped-up styrofoam produce trays from the supermarket, after eating the produce first It's still flyable today (February 2006) however I've used the GWS servos on another airplane and deployed less expensive dragonfly servos on this one. I get glitches, however this airplane putters along so slowly that I have lots of time to make corrections to the flight path.
Posted by mdscientist61 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 10:07 PM | 5,454 Views
After 24 years I got back into RC airplanes. I bought a T3D Cap Wilde Beast like this one. I started flying it in September 2004 it with an AXI 2212/34 brushless motor with a 1047 prop, Castle Creations 10Amp ESC, Kokam 1500 3S1P lipos, and GWS R4P short-range receiver. However, I never did learn how to control it properly, although I did get maybe 20 flights on it or so. More often than not it needed repairs after a flight. I realize now that one of my problems was that the receiver was too susceptible to interference, and with the responsiveness of the airplane, it would get one glitch and flip upside down really fast leaving me only a split second to correct it before it impacted the ground. This airplane has been de-commissioned since March 2005. The carbon-fibre rods have been salvaged, and the motor and ESC are flying on another airplane. The receiver has been sold and now I use higher quality receivers that are less prone to the effects of interference. I've learned quite a bit in the year since my last flight with the T3D and today I could probably control it, and I would use a good quality dual-conversion receiver, and super-high-discharge lipos for light weight. Live and learn!
Posted by Archamid | Feb 13, 2006 @ 08:21 PM | 4,582 Views
Here Is my waco
Posted by LannyG | Feb 13, 2006 @ 05:55 PM | 5,432 Views
Camera mounting for Easy Star.
May have to put battery on top of fuse to get COG right. ???
Posted by shockflyer12345 | Feb 13, 2006 @ 02:19 PM | 7,443 Views
Today i finsinshed my plane holder for a car for long distance driving.I wish i took some pics befor i took it down.
Posted by Butters | Feb 13, 2006 @ 01:09 AM | 17,001 Views
Ricky says:

Blogs Rules.
Posted by Cats Eyes | Feb 12, 2006 @ 11:08 PM | 16,766 Views
Here's an update with pics of the wing cutting operation and results.

As I noted in previous entries, the straightedges are 1/2" aluminum bar screwed to the foam with 1/2" wood screws. They have held during the cuts very well.

You can see the "ridging" in these pictures as a result of either wire too hot or moving too slowly or not evenly enough. At one point the wire was stopped by one of the screws, which I'd put in the wrong place, and "burned" a groove in the foam. None of this is a problem -- easy to fill. Since making these cuts, I've gotten a lot better at knowing how fast to move the wire. It seems to find a "natural" speed on its own just by keeping a steady pressure on it. I made the same cut on the other piece (which will become the wing tips), and it came out almost perfect.

There is a three-inch "hump" that I put in the middle of the panel that is thicker at the back than the rest of the panel. This is supposed to be a support for the elastics that hold the wing on the plane. I also have a 2 1/2" "hump" under the leading edge, which will attach to the piece that will sit in the wing saddle (which I have yet to design).

I had the 12 thousanths wire break on me -- twice. It wasn't where you'd expect it either, at the ends where it is held, at the contact points, where it slid over the straightedges or inside the foam while cutting. No, it was in the middle of the wire out in free air. I'm...Continue Reading
Posted by Keith43221 | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:15 PM | 5,470 Views
While flying my F-27 styker, i was coming though a tight turn when my battery (lipo Kokam 2000 15C 3S) ejected. It hit the asphalt and i could smell the fruity scent. It was done. That's my only lipo for that plane too. So now my favorite plane is out of action.
Now i have to wait till summer when the grass starts growing again.
Posted by retiredVTT | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:13 PM | 12,823 Views
Posted by ib456 | Feb 12, 2006 @ 07:52 PM | 4,107 Views

I have been interested in RC toys since I was young, but never had one of any kind.

Over the years as I have gotten older i have aquired a number of parts of models and half working RC boats, and cars.

Last August or September I got into planes, I started with a GWS J3-S, the baby brother of the slowstick.
After I killed that I got the GWS Pico Tiger Moth, which I still have. I also have a GWS funny Park which my girlfriend got for me, which I am too scared to fly as I am still only a beginer.
Since then I have taken a liking profile foamies, I have built a number of these with mixed results.

I have made:

Flatfoamflyer Zero, too heavy and no skill on my behalf, destroyed on first lot of test flights.

17" Kingcat, never flew... too small and heavy, destroyed on first flight.

STC - Trainer, due to printer error made at 92% of full size,used the wings from the J3-S, after a bit of work it flew very well, a bit of wing flex but was great for letting friends have a play, very easy to fly, powered by IPS A, due to a friend trying to fly it into his wife and hitting the path beside her it was retired due to have too much hot glue holding it together.
Rebuild full size using 6mm EPP foam and repowered with a brushless 2410 -12 turn. Heavier but with the extra power goes very well, now the trouble is that my cheap lipo batteries cant give it the power it needs, but otherwise flies well.

Yak 23 EDF x 2 one to plans and next one with larger...Continue Reading
Posted by Gary Morris | Feb 12, 2006 @ 06:51 PM | 11,601 Views
I've been busy the past few weekends editing some video shot with CVS camcorders. You can see some of the videos here on EZone by looking at my past posts. The weather here has been bad for flying and worse for aerial photography. Seems the past three weekends have been a washout with either rain, snow or too much wind/cloud cover. Looking forward to March and a change in the weather. I have so many projects and so little time, guess that's a good thing?

Posted by Kyle G. | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:43 AM | 10,585 Views
I thought I'd share a collection of aerial photos that I've taken with my plane. I started AP in march of '04 and have been doing it since. Been to many places including Yellowstone, Canada, Grand Tetons, Devils Lake, Chicago, and a few places in the midwest on the trip out to Yellowstone. Here are just a few of my good shots....Continue Reading
Posted by Carcharadon | Feb 12, 2006 @ 10:00 AM | 10,502 Views
Posted by Vince Herman | Feb 12, 2006 @ 08:18 AM | 8,293 Views
On this first entry, let me tell you a bit about myself.
As a youngster, I built a lot of stick and tissue rubber powered free flight planes and sailplanes.
Back in 1981 or so, I tried to fly an RC sailplane with no help from others. With bad equipment. I crashed a lot.
Forward to about 2000 (?) when the Wattage B2 was new. I received one as a gift, and it was a blast. It barely had and enough power to stay in the air. But I learned to fly it. Then we got Zagi 400's. Oh, more power! My Dad and some of my brothers all got Zagis. Dad and my oldest brother Mike fly nitro as well.
I now have had many different planes, sailplanes and helis, all electric powered.
I'll see what I can do to list all of them. Later.
I am a member of the Valley City RC Club, a mostly nitro club but with a rapidly growing electric presence.
And for current news, it is snowing, and we have our annual club snow fly today!